The theme of our successful Stewardship Campaign last year was Vision 20/20—Looking Ahead. However far into the future we thought we could see at the time, I don’t think any of us could possibly fathom what the year 2020 would actually bring. While global pandemics, recessions, protests, and social upheavals have occurred in history, I cannot remember them all occurring at the same time.
For my family, the shock of being locked in the house, wondering where and how to get food and essentials, and watching the seemingly endless replay of the same bad news on television every night made a deep impression. Seeing the stock market sink drastically and businesses shutter made me wonder if the “new normal” we finally emerge into would look at all like the old normal. Not being able to join friends in worship at our 125-year-old sanctuary and attend other events was one of the most painful forced changes of habit imposed by COVID-19 for us. But throughout this time, like many other parishioners, we are grateful for the way the clergy and staff at St. Andrew’s have adapted so quickly to these new environments and we have been spiritually sustained by the online worship services offered at St. Andrew’s.
So, as your stewardship committee came together this spring to discuss the 2021 campaign and choose a theme, a powerful one emerged very quickly. This year, the theme of our campaign, and perhaps a rallying cry for our entire parish, is Rising to the challenge: We are all in this together. We all face challenges, but life and the life of our parish must go on. It is a great comfort to me that we are indeed in this “together.”
Our goals this year are the same as last year. That together we can raise $1.05 million from 300+ families/households to fund our wonderful church and all of its operations and programs. We will face many hurdles to be sure, a major one being running the campaign 100% virtually. I am confident we will accomplish our goals and safeguard the worship services, programs, and sense of community that have allowed our parish to flourish. The stewardship committee and I thank you for your generosity in advance, and we look forward to an energetic program this fall!
With best wishes,